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Chemistry + Biochemistry


Professor and Chairperson, Analytical and Environmental Chemistry
Tel. 512 863-1721
Room #: FJS 315

Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, State University of New York at Buffalo
B.S. Chemistry (cum laude), Ohio Northern University

Research interests
My research focuses on the use of analytical methods to quantify natural antioxidants and to study environmental problems.  Most recently, my students and I have been examining how soil macronutrient levels and cultivar selection affect the antioxidant activity and expression of polyphenolic compounds in the common culinary herb, basil.

Honors and Awards
• Associated Colleges of the South Environmental Initiative Curriculum and Faculty Development Grant (2005)
• Southwestern University Excellence in Academic Advising Award (2002-2003)
• Camille and Henry Dreyfus Faculty Start-up Grant Program for Undergraduate Institutions (1998-2003; $20,000)

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Selected Publications
• Phuong M. Nguyen and Emily D. Niemeyer “Effects of Nitrogen Fertilization on the Phenolic Composition and Antioxidant Properties of Basil (Ocimum basilicum L.)” J. Agric. Food Chem. 56, 8685–8691 (2008).
• Melissa A. Johnson and Emily D. Niemeyer “Ambivalent Landscapes: Environmental Justice in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands” Human Ecology 36, 371-382 (2008).
• Jessica D. Freeman and Emily D. Niemeyer “Quantification of Tea Flavonoids by High Performance Liquid Chromatography” J. Chem. Ed. 85, 951-953 (2008).
• Emily D. Niemeyer and Jennifer S. Brodbelt “Isomeric Differentiation of Green Tea Catechins using Gas-Phase Hydrogen/Deuterium Exchange Reactions” J. Amer. Soc. Mass Spectrom. 18, 1749-1759 (2007).
• Janel E. Owens and Emily D. Niemeyer “Analysis of Chemical Contamination in a Canal within a Mexican Border ColoniaEnv. Pollution 140, 506-515 (2006).

• Quantitative Methods of Analysis
• Instrumental Methods of Analysis